MTN Ghana increases mobile data prices

 MTN Ghana has an­nounced an upward review of the tariffs of its products and services effective today.

“The review is as result of two changes. Firstly, the implementation of the 2.5 per cent statutory adjustment of VAT from 12.5 per cent to 15 per cent across all services,” a statement issued by the compa­ny said.

This, according to the statement, would impact both prepaid and postpaid customers.

“Secondly, MTN Ghana is proceeding with a 15 per cent av­erage upward review of its mobile data tariffs which was originally announced in November 2022 and was subsequently put on hold,” the statement noted.

The increase in mobile data tariffs will impact both Pay Monthly and Pay-As-You-Go users.

The review in mobile data bundle offers covers products available on the short codes 138  & 170, as well as on purchases through Electronic Voucher Distribution (EVD), MTN Pulse, and Data Zone except for XtraTime.

The data tariffs increase, the statement said, did not apply to Fiber Broadband and Fixed Wireless Access (4G Router / Turbonet) customers.

With this review, voice users will receive less airtime due to the VAT implementation, and mobile data customers will receive less data bundle allocations for the same price purchased before the tariff increase was made.

The Chief Commercial Officer for MTN, Mr Noel Ko­jo-Ganson, explained the impact by giving an example of how the new pricing will work.

He said following the review, a three cedis airtime purchase before the VAT increase, which previously gave customers 24.4 minutes, will now give customers 23.9 minutes, while a three cedis data bundle, which previously gave customers 471 MBs, will now give customers 401 MBs.

Explaining the reason for the upward review of the data bundle prices, Mr Noel Kojo-Ganson said the review was necessitated by the recent economic shifts leading to increasing cost of op­erations largely due to continuous increase in inflation.

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